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Pacquiao Fails to KO Electoral Opponent

Philippine News, Posted: Feb 11, 2010

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao failed to drive out his rival for a congressional seat after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division denied for lack of merit his party's petition to disqualify the opponent.

The Philippine News reports that the People's Champ Movement, a party founded by Pacquaio, sought the disqualification of RoyChiongbian from the Sarangani congressional race in May because he usually takes residence at Muntinlupa City, not Sarangani.

Chiongbian asserted that while he established some businesses in Metro Manila, he continues to live in the Sarangani province, where he is a registered voter and a member of a local political party.

The poll body sided with Pacquiao's opponent, saying that he has satisfied the one-year residency requirement needed to qualify him to run for congressman.
(Pacquiao's previous attempt at a seat in the Philippine legislature failed when he lost to a relative unknown.)

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